Posted April 05, 2019 06:38:18With the internet being used to deliver information faster than ever before, the prospect of a digital divide has never been more real.
A new report from The Australian Financial Review argues the digital divide can affect both parties’ votes.
“A divide of 5% or more between the two main parties on a single issue is not good enough to get us out of the EU,” said David White, a professor of political economy at Griffith University.
We need a system of two-way competition.
Professor White said while the UK was a model of economic cooperation, Australia’s model had been “further broken” by Brexit.
The Financial Review reports that the digital gap in Australia is now at a staggering 35 per cent, compared with 10 per cent in the UK.
It found the UK’s economy is now in the worst shape it has been since the financial crisis.
At the same time, the US has been “rebuilding its economy and its politics”.
Australia’s biggest cities are suffering, with the cities of Melbourne and Sydney the most impacted.
In a major shakeup of the election campaign, the Australian Electoral Commission has revealed that the party with the highest share of the vote in a three-way contest would be the Coalition, the Nationals and the Greens.
Labor and the Coalition are also expected to gain seats in Parliament.
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